UNICEF Goodwill ambassador singer Sissel Kyrkjebo visited UNICEF projects in Ukraine
10 September 2009, Kyiv- Today, Goodwill Ambassador Sissel Kyrkjebo has finished her visit to Ukraine. Together with the Norwegian TV Show Gala she visited several UNICEF projects.
In cooperation with the National committee for UNICEF, Norwegian singer filmed children’s issues aiming to raise funds to support the work against HIV/AIDS, to support family type care for abandoned children and advocate for their rights.
During several days in Ukraine famous singer and TV crew visited children’s home in Bila Tserkva, family affected by HIV in Kyiv, places in Kyiv where the street children live. “HIV and AIDS destroy the childhood before it even has started. Children loose their parents, get infected themselves, miss out on education and health care – and are vulnerable for abuse and exploitation.”- said Sissel Kirkjebo, impressed by the situation in Ukraine. “Ukraine is the country worst affected by HIV/AIDS in Europe and we are here to support UNICEF in their work for changing the situation.”- emphasises UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador during her visit to Ukraine.
In 2008 -2010 UNICEF Norway has been supporting programmes in Ukraine with the TV Gala funds in amount over USD 800, 000. This funding supports the key activities under the HIV Prevention project of the HIV/AIDS, Children and Youth Programme and contributes to development of the HIV prevention services and education programmes in Ukraine. It helps to equip adolescents and young people visiting the Youth Friendly Clinics and those studying in schools with the knowledge and skills that will help to protect them from HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and substance abuse.
Learn more how UNICEF helps HIV-positive mothers in Ukraine.
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